1930 Packard 734 Speedster Phaeton Vehicle Profile

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

1930 Packard 734 photograph

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Speedster Phaeton
The Packard 734 Speedster was one of the first cars built in series by using the muscle car recipe, long before the term was born: a lightweight body mounted to the company's shortest chassis and fitted with a modified version of its biggest engine. Speedster were offered to the public in 1929. For 1930, the Packard Motor Car Company offered a special series of cars known as the Speedster Eight. Five body styles were available: a two-passenger runabout, four passenger runabout, four passenger phaeton, four passenger Victoria and four passenger sedan. The 385 cubic-inch Custom Eight was fitted with a high-compression head, high-lift camshaft, larger exhaust ports, and a dual-throat carburetor, all of which helped bump horsepower from 106 to 145 giving the car an honest 100 mph capability. Speedsters were among the first Packards to be equipped with a 4-speed transmission.

The Speedster was not advertised, and quietly disappeared without fanfare; most Packard dealers weren't even aware of its existence. It is estimated that 32 phaetons were built, with just five known to survive.

The 734 Speedster was offered as a Boattail, a Phaeton, a Sedan, a Victoria Coupe, and later, as a Roadster. It is believed that a total of only 150 734 Speedsters in all body styles were sold. Packard would discontinue the Speedster Series for 1931.

Of particular interest is that in 1930, Packard sold nearly twice as many cars abroad as any other marque priced over $2,000. Between 1924 and 1930, Packard was the top-selling luxury brand and in 1931, ten Packards were owned by Japan's royal family.

Ownership of this speedster is confirmed back to 1942, when it was owned by Smith Hempstone Oliver, who later became Associate Curator of Land Transportation at the Smithsonian Institution. The current owner acquired the car in 1960.

The Speedster series cars were powered by a special Packard Deluxe Eight inline 384.8 cubic-inch motor with high compression head and dual updraft carburetor that developed 125 horsepower. Speedster prices ranged from $5,200 to $6,000; only 113 of these cars were built.

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2018 1
2016 1
2014 1
2012 1
2011 3
2010 1
2007 1
2005 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$1,127,500$1,127,5001
2016$2,090,000$2,090,0001
2014$165,000$165,0001
2012$975,000$975,0001
2011$291,500$506,0003
2010$99,000$99,0001
2007$121,000$121,0001
2005$211,750$211,7501

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Phaeton
Chassis#: 184065
Sold for $1,127,500
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout
Chassis#: 184100
Sold for $2,090,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard Speedster Eight Runabout
Chassis#: 184012
Sold for $165,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Phaeton
Chassis#: 184065
Sold for $975,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Boattail Runabout
Chassis#: 184089
Sold for $506,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout
Chassis#: 184089
Sold for $187,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard Model 734 Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: 184029
Sold for $181,500
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
 
1930 Packard Boattail Speedster
Sold for $99,000
  2010 Auctions America : Auburn Collector Car Auction
 
1930 Packard 734
Sold for $121,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  
1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout
Chassis#: 184089
Sold for $211,750
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
1930 Packard 734 image  1930 Packard 734 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1930 Packard 734's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Packard 734 Speedster1840062017 Artcurial : Retromobile $350,000$450,000

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